Princeton Day School Presents Jerry Hirniak: Still/Moving

2014-10-23_14-12-34At the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery

November 24 through December 18, 2014
Princeton-The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present the work of faculty member Jerry Hirniak. “Still/Moving” is on view from November 24 through December 18, 2014. There will be an opening reception with Mr. Hirniak on Friday, December 5 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., which is free and open to the public.

“Still/Moving” displays Upper School Art teacher Jerry Hirniak’s current body of photographic work, which investigates the way photographic processes and technologies connect to perception, memory and culture. His work is comprised of time exposures, multi-exposures, Xerox reproduction, direct manipulation of the film stock, and issues of scale and of context, such as installations using photographic images.

Mr. Hirniak remarks, “My recent work reflects on the implications of the massive numbers of photographs that can be captured and displayed in a digital environment. The ‘contact sheet’ project is a playful way to draw attention to the process of photography in the digital age.” He explains that, traditionally, contact sheets were used to find the perfect image among inferior images; this selecting activity carries implications of exclusion and marginalizing, as discussed in cultural studies work on the camera’s gaze. “For this ‘contact sheet’ project, I visited historically significant subjects and events, not looking for the iconic image but shooting in burst mode to the full capacity of the card size to record thousands of repetitive images of the ordinary as well as the momentous, providing alternative cognitive maps of experience,” notes Mr. Hirniak.

“Still/Moving” is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday when the school is in session, and by appointment on weekends. For more information about the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery, please call Jody Erdman, Art Gallery Director, at 609.924.6700 x 1772 or visit www.pds.org.

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